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Gun Policy News, 15 August 2002

United States

15 August 2002

Sacramento Bee (California)

Gun makers could be held liable for irresponsible marketing and weapons design under a measure passed Wednesday by the state Senate and backed by gun-control groups. The proposal, AB 496, would overturn a 1983 law that immunizes manufacturers against certain liability claims when their weapons cause harm. Assemblyman Paul Koretz, D-West Hollywood, author of AB 496, said he intends to prevent manufacturers from blatantly marketing their weapons to murderers, as was... (

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United States

15 August 2002

Chicago Sun-Times

How is it that John Ashcroft's hard-line Justice Department flinches like a gun controller at the thought of arming airline pilots? That tendency can be traced to a career bureaucrat named Sarah Hart, brought into the Justice Department a year ago by Ashcroft. Hart not only has attacked guns in the cockpit but also has expressed affection for the COPS program, Bill Clinton's federal subsidy for local police forces that the Bush administration wants to terminate. If... (

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United States

15 August 2002

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (Ohio)

It was a decision they made as family about two years ago: If anything should happen to a member of the Scott family, they'd donate their bodily organs. Last week, something did happen. Fifteen-year-old Cody Scott was hanging out with two friends in his bedroom on Aug. 6 when he apparently accidentally shot himself in the head while playing with a pistol. Cody, who was to start his freshman year at Russell County High School this month, died from the wound two days... (

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United States

15 August 2002

San Francisco Chronicle

SACRAMENTO, California — The state Senate approved a measure Wednesday allowing people to sue gunmakers for their liability in shootings, one of the final pieces of legislation to emerge from the 101 California St. massacre in San Francisco. The measure came about because of a 1984 law that shields gunmakers from being sued for the harm caused by guns. Last year, the state Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit by 101 California survivors against Navegar Inc., which built... (

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15 August 2002

Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO — The Senate narrowly voted Wednesday to strip gun manufacturers of their exemption from liability for the damage and death that can result from firearms. Supporters of the bill said gun makers should be held responsible for their products, as are the manufacturers of many other goods in California, from cribs to lawnmowers. Approval of the bill marked a leap forward for gun control advocates, whose initial campaign to strip away gun makers' 19-year-old... (

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15 August 2002

Daily News (Canada)

The Timberlea man whose gun collection was seized by police last week may have had a hard time getting rid of his weapons if he'd wanted to. Mounties raided the 68-year-old's attic and garage last Wednesday after his wife asked for a fire inspection to prompt him to clean out the garage. Officers seized more than 40 World War II and Korean War-era guns, including semi-automatic pistols, submachine-guns, revolvers, rifles and shotguns, 2,000 rounds of ammunition, as... (

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